Chris Iannetta- C- SEA- Idea- Iannetta is hitting below the Mendoza line but against LH pitching he is hitting .258 and draw 18 walks in 113 PAs. He has also hit 3 homers. The Mariners will be facing southpaw Brian Matusz in his first start for the Cubs. As far as value goes, you can't get any cheaper than Iannetta's price with some decent numbers in the situation. Value play- Draft Kings salary $2000
Mitch Moreland- 1B- TEX- Hot- Regression to the mean may be working in Moreland's favor. His BABIP in the first half was .273, below his .290 career mark. It has gone up a few points, to .276, since the second half started but still has room to go. Yesterday Moreland went 2-for-4 to extend his current hitting streak to 5 games. It was also his 3rd straight game with 2 hits. Luck has changed for him as one of his hits yesterday was a pop up that was dropped by 3B Cheslor Cuthbert near the foul line. At first it was ruled a foul ball but that call was overturned giving Moreland a hit. It doesn't get much luckier than that.
Brandon Kintzler- RP- MIN- Cold- Kintzler blew his first save since becoming the Twins' closer. It is not his first poor performance, though. He has allowed hits in 7 of his last 9 appearances and 2 hits in 6 of them. Kintzler only has 1 K in his last 5 appearances. He can't be considered a prime closer, before taking into consideration that he is on the team with the worst record in the AL.
Tim Beckham- SS- TB- Hot- Last year Beckham hit 9 homers in 223 PAs. That was more than he had hit in all but one of his 7 minor league seasons up to that point. By hitting his 5th homer in 133 PAs for the Rays this season yesterday he is showing that the power surge may not be a fluke. Beckham didn't strike out yesterday. With a K% of 33.8% that has been his major weakness and a big part of his .238 average. It has been in the neighborhood of 20% in his full minor league seasons. If he can get some control of his swing Beckham could increase his value greatly.
J. A. Happ- P- TOR- Hot- Happ turned in an excellent start yesterday, holding the Orioles to 1 run on 3 hits and 3 walks in 7 IP. He equaled his season high of 11 Ks. Happ has been posting strikeout numbers higher this month. His other 11K game was his first start in July and he also recorded one of 9 Ks on July 8. Last year he recorded at least 8 Ks in 4 of his last 6 starts, including his only time reaching double digits. So, Happ can start increasing his strikeout frequency as the season progresses.
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